US Ford allows B20 biodiesel in new truck model

01 September 2009 21:43  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US Ford Motor said on Tuesday that new models of its popular F-Series trucks will be able to run on fuel blends of up to 20% biodiesel, making them the first mass-market vehicles to do so.

Ford said its F-Series diesel pick-up trucks for the 2011 model year will be compatible with biodiesel blends of up to B20 (20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel), making the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker the first to mass produce vehicles with engines meeting the international standards for biodiesel usage.

The group that sets international engine specifications, ASTM, published the standards in October 2008.

F-Series trucks are among the auto manufacturer’s most popular lines. Ford said it sold 515,513 F-Series trucks in 2008, more than a quarter of the company’s total 1.9m vehicle sales for the year.

Ford did not immediately return calls for comment.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB), a US trade association, said the move could have “substantial market implications.”

“It’s the first time that a consumer vehicle has a full B20 approval for everyone,” said NBB spokeswoman Jenna Higgins. “We expect more automakers are going to come out with announcements such as this one.”

Rival US automaker Chrysler approved B20 usage in its Dodge Ram line, but only for vehicles in company fleets and not for the general public. 

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